glycosphingolipid

noun
gly·​co·​sphin·​go·​lip·​id | \ ˌglī-kō-ˌsfiŋ-gō-ˈlip-əd How to pronounce glycosphingolipid (audio) \

Medical Definition of glycosphingolipid

: any of various lipids (as a cerebroside or a ganglioside) which are derivatives of ceramides, do not contain the phosphorus or the extra nitrogenous base of the sphingomyelins, and do contain a carbohydrate (as glucose), and some of which accumulate in disorders of lipid metabolism (as Tay-Sachs disease)

Learn More about glycosphingolipid

Cite this Entry

“Glycosphingolipid.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/glycosphingolipid. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

Comments on glycosphingolipid

What made you want to look up glycosphingolipid? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!